BEZOAR STONES 287 the town of Middelburg in Holland; it was purchased and pre- sented to the Emperor of Germany. Gesner gives a curious figure of it, representing the animal as a comparatively colossal beast submitting itself to the guidance of a dwarfish man. The habit of " spitting ** of the ILama is well known. An gust in de Zarate and Billion speak of the I^ama as having no protection save tins habit, which is more than a mere ejection of saliva : the contents of the FIG. 149, — Lama. , hitanacos stomach are forcibly shot at the object of its annoyance. It can also kick and bite. In. the intestines (as in those of some other mammals) are found Bezoar stones, or Bezards as they are variously spelt. These were once valued in medicine, and even so lately as 1847 were, according to Gay, the historian of Chili, in vogue; these concretions, comparable to the ambergris of the Whales, were supposed to be an antidote to poison. Extinct Camels, — The earliest cumeloid type is the genus of which we are acquainted with an imperfect skull * So© •Wortxnaa, BuU. Jfus, Wat, JEfiW. x. 1898, p.